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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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June 2017

To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter.   Transported: Objects of Meaning and the…

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August 2017

Beards and Barbershops

August 1, 2017 - March 18, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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September 2017

The Sweet Life: Treats and Sweets in Guelph

September 12, 2017 - March 25, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Yorklands Green Hub

September 12, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wall of Art: Standing Guard

September 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: September 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd | 7 PM   The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.…

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Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd at 7 PM Through art and artifacts, explore the official and unofficial signs and symbols that communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity. “Our national identity is complex and nuanced,” says Dawn Owen, Curator at Guelph Museums. “And so too are the signifiers of our nationhood. From the iconic landscapes of the Group of Seven to our edible exports (beer, maple syrup, and poutine), from our national sports (lacrosse in…

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November 2017

Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience

November 5, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Five short films and an installation featuring stories and objects contributed by Mwangi Wa Wairimu (Kenya), Oluwaseun Jilani (Nigeria), Amira AL Tahhan (Syria), Nicola Maggs (England) and Farshad Mazloumi (Iran). Transported is directed by Dawn Matheson with cinematography and editing by Erin MacIndoe Sproule and is part of the Guelph Film Festival’s annual Hidden Histories project, presented in partnership with The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Ed Video Media Arts Centre with funding from The Guelph Community Foundation. The five films, along with…

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on November 24, 2017 at 10:00am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities at Guelph Civic Museum all day.  

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Fourth Friday: The Cocksure Lads

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Cocksure Lads - Mike Ford and Murray Foster! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian Eh? and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. In 2010, Murray Foster and…

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December 2017

Jolly Holidays on the Hilltop

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Spread the warmth of the holiday season at the Civic Museum! Holiday and gift-giving stories with Manuel at 11 AM and 2 PM. Light refreshments, door prizes, and free gift wrapping! 10% off purchases in the Hilltop Shop, 20% off for Guelph Museums members. Free admission with donation of new or gently used hat, scarf, gloves, mittens or socks in support of Lakeside Hope House. Members with donation receive an extra door prize ballot. Lakeside Hope House is a non-profit organization helping to overcome poverty…

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Celebrate Like It’s 1967 Tea

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$15

Treat yourself to a centennial themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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Celebrate Like It’s 1967 Tea

December 3 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on December 3, 2017 at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to a centennial themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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An Evening of Storytelling: Seasonal stories and treats

December 6 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Family Traditions

December 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Family Traditions. Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: January 4         Keeping Warm February 1       Fairytales and Fantasy

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Illuminating the Holidays: Holly & Ivy

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us for a Holiday Workshop with Debbie Thompson Wilson! Holly and ivy plants have been associated with the winter solstice since ancient times. We will be painting either a picture of a deer or of a bird with holly and ivy decoration, in miniature with 23 k. gold leaf accents. There will be a choice of images to paint, from simple to more complex. Some watercolour experience is required.   SOLD OUT   Materials to bring to class: Basic…

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Fourth Friday: D’eve Archer

December 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by D'eve Archer! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Blending musical elements of her Jamaican heritage, with her small town Canadian…

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Favourite Family Games

December 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The tradition continues….try your hand at board games, toys and puzzles all day, every day during the holidays.

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January 2018

Tiny Tot Thursday: Keeping Warm

January 4, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Keeping Warm. Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: February 1       Fairytales and Fantasy

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Guelph Symphony Orchestra – Goldilocks and The Three Bears

January 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on January 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join The Guelph Symphony Orchestra for a fun-filled, action-packed musical adventure of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, starring the String Family: the violin, the viola, the cello, and the double bass. To accommodate all visitors there will be two performances, 3 PM and another at 4 PM. Free admission starting at 2 PM at the Guelph Civic Museum.

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Needle Art Expressions: Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph

January 16, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Military Lecture: First World War British Imperial Defence

January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Alexander Maavara presents First World War British Imperial Defence. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.   Upcoming Lectures: February 15 – Lyndsay Rosenthal presents A Plague of Diseased Soldiers: Venereal Disease and the Canadian Expeditionary Force March 22 – Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers

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Robbie Burns Day

January 21, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Scottish music, dance, displays and haggis too! 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM            Address to the Haggis and stories with Seamus Gunn 11 AM                                     Mary Ellen Cann School of Highland Dance 1:30 PM                                   Traditional Celtic music with Eva McCauley, the Fair Wind & Friends of RCC 2 PM                                        Ceilidh with the Kitchen Party Trio caller Kari Kokko

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

January 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities all day.

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Fourth Friday: Ambre McLean

January 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ambre McLean! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian, Eh! and Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience.   McLean’s genre-defying style and live looping performances have been described as mesmerizing.  Her four albums feature an eclectic mix of blues, rock, jazz, rap, soul, and…

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February 2018

Tiny Tot Thursday: Fairytales and Fantasy

February 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Fairytales and Fantasy.  

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Valentine’s Day Tea

February 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat your sweetheart to a warm cup of tea, decadent sweets, and delightful company. Tickets in advance.

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Military Lecture: A Plague of Diseased Soldiers

February 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Lyndsay Rosenthal presents A Plague of Diseased Soldiers: Venereal Disease and the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.   Upcoming Lecture: March 22 – Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers

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Febulous! Young at Heart

February 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The Auctionista is back! Kick up your heels for a good cause at this cocktail party and auction. Proceeds will enable the development of cross-generational programs that encourage inclusion and shared learning experiences. Tickets in advance.

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Fourth Friday: Brent Rowan and the Youth Jazz Ensemble

February 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Year end concert May 7 2017 @Silence

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Brent Rowan and the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian, Eh! and Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience. Based in Guelph Ontario the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble (GYJE) provides young musicians with the opportunity to learn about and explore…

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March 2018

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Technological culture meets nature in this exhibition of photography by Guelph youth. A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums.

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Military Lecture: Underground at Vimy

March 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.

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